CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak “And what we are not assured of is early access to rapid tests that will allow our countries to open back up safely and to ensure that our population is not exposed in a way that is injurious to them, simply because we want them to have their livelihoods in tourism.” Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Amor Mottley has told the global community that criteria and definitions used to determine access to goods and credit in a COVID-19 crisis or afterwards, must reflect countries’ needs rather than “simple definitional criteria that make it easier for economists” to categorize where persons should go. You may be interested in… Ms. Mottley noted that the Caribbean, which is a travel, tourism and trade dependent region, now faced a trebling of unemployment, and a reduction by more than half of government revenues, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Oct 16, 2020 Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC Ms. Mottley expressed this view as she addressed a virtual High-Level Event on Financing for Development in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond, which was co-convened by Canada, Jamaica and the United Nations. Several Prime Ministers across the world also spoke at the event. St. Lucia records more cases of COVID Oct 15, 2020 The Prime Minister told her audience: “We have many middle-income countries in our region, and in fact among the small states of the world, and many of us are excluded from access to concessional funding even in the midst of this pandemic, when we need access to money to boost our health systems more than ever, when we need access to credit to be able to offset the dislocation that has come from zero revenue from tourism, zero revenue from air travel. More deaths from COVID-19 recorded in CARICOM countries,… “But yet there is not a development plan that allows us to meet these chronic NCDs favourably for enough of our citizens,” she contended. Oct 15, 2020 “I hope that the countries of the world can respond that just as 75 years ago we created institutions that were appropriate to the time, that we can say that we created definitions and also modalities that really helped countries and citizens live in a COVID world, rather than simply be collateral damage to the larger countries of the world,” she stated. Oct 16, 2020 Ms. Mottley said persons would ask, in the future, what was done in the period of the pandemic to make the world more equitable and just; countries better capable of meeting the other existential threats of the climate crisis and citizens able to maintain themselves. The Prime Minister insisted that if multilateralism is to mean something in today’s world, then there must be fairness and equity, not only among citizens in a democratic society, but among countries in a world that is fair and democratic. Challenges of 2020 Amplify Importance of Regional Cooperation – CARICOM Outgoing ChairOutgoing Chair of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Prime Minister Mia Mottley of Barbados, has expressed profound gratitude to the organisation and institutions that have steered the Community through the unprecedented challenges posed so far by the year 2020. Prime Minister Mottley said when she assumed chairmanship at the behest of…July 3, 2020In “Barbados”PM Mottley Renews Calls for Restructuring of Global Financial System (Barbados Today) Prime Minister Mia Mottley Monday reiterated a call for a restructuring of the global financial system and urged the Pan American health organisation (PAHO) to continue its efforts to assist small developing countries like those in the Caribbean deal with the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that…September 28, 2020In “CARICOM”CARICOM SG commends regional response to COVID-19CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, has commended the health emergency response mechanism engineered by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) to keep the Community free of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Secretary-General LaRocque said the inter-agency collaboration that was taking place was another example of the co-ordination required to address the…February 18, 2020In “31Intersessional”Share this on WhatsApp She proffered the view that the time had come for more than words, and again said there was need for a global leadership initiative. The co-morbidities from chronic NCDs, she pointed out, make citizens more vulnerable to serious conditions and death with respect to COVID-19.